During Jesus’ time, people ate not at a high table like we do today, but reclining at a much lower table (inches off the ground). In this way, it would be easy for someone next to you to lean (back) on your chest (see Jn 13:23-26).
In addition, a woman could be standing behind Jesus (since people had their feet placed behind them as they faced the table on their sides at an angle), but still be at His feet before she leaned down wiping them with her hair. This as the first of three times a woman anoints Jesus with oil, see Lk 7:38-39 and below.
The Jesus Gospel© References:
|Jn 13:23-24||Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.|
|Jn 13:25-26||He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it.” And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.|
|Lk 7:38-39||And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, “This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.”|
Three times a woman anointed Jesus with oil. 1) Ch 5, Pg. 51, Lk 7:38-39, in a Pharisees home during a meal, a crying woman only identified as a sinner, kisses and washes Jesus feet with her tears and hair. She also anoints his feet with an alabaster box of ointment. 2) In h 17, Pg. 138, Jn 12:1, in Lazarus, Martha, and Mary’s home. While Martha prepared served the meal, Mary “took a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly” and anointed Jesus’ feet and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the smell of the ointment. This is also referenced as a future event the KJV places in parenthesis in Ch 15, Pg. 124, Jn 11:2-4). 3) In JGV Ch 19, Pg. 162, Mt 26:6-13, Mk 14:3-9, Jesus is in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper eating a meal. Another unidentified woman with an “alabaster box of very precious ointment” pours in on Jesus’ head.
(JGV = The Jesus Gospel Version, the blended text of the Gospels)
Most of us have heard the story of the Three Wise Men at Jesus Christ’s birth and the shepherds from the field visiting and paying homage to Him on His birthday. We also heard about the “three kings” visiting Him on the same day.
But the record of the Magi that visited Jesus could be very different then what was most of us were taught.
How Did the Magi Know About
the Messiah from the Stars?
Most of us have heard the story of Three Wise Men, Jesus Christ’s birth and the shepherds from the field visiting and paying homage to Him on His birthday. We also heard about the “three kings” visiting Him on the same day.
But the record of the Magi that visited Jesus could be very different then what was most of us were taught. The KJV translates the Greek word “magos” from Matthew 2:7 as “Wise Men,” but many other translations, such as the NIV, translate it as “Magi” (our word ‘magic’ comes from this). Magi were priests in a sect of the Persian religions such as Zoroastrianism. They were the Oriental scientist of the day (Strong’s). The magi studied the stars religiously. They would have probably been wealthy and held high esteem in their society, but nowhere does it mention in the Bible that they were kings. Moreover, there is no indication there were only three of them. These Wise Men were diligently looking for a sign in the stars for the coming Messiah (I will publish sometime in 2018 the MessiahScope© which will add more light on this).
But where did they get their knowledge to look for a Jewish Messiah? They were not even Jewish. The answer is in the book of Daniel. When Jerusalem was conquered by Nebuchadnezzar, 1/3 of the Jewish people were killed; 1/3 were scattered, and 1/3 were captured. Daniel was one of them that was captured and through a series of amazing events he eventually was chosen to rule over all the wise men in the land (see Daniel 2:48), including the astrologers and magicians (considered scientists of the day). In fact, Daniel was found to be ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all the King (KJV) Nebuchadnezzar’s realm. Now the Jewish people that were scattered did NOT retain the knowledge of the stars, but Daniel did and he taught the wise men of the day. It is amazing that they retained this knowledge and passed it down to future generations for what some estimate to be over 500 years to Jesus birth!
Three Wise Men
The Bible says the Magi came from the East, but it does not give a city or a country. Daniel taught in the city of Babylon which
which is about 900 miles from Jerusalem. Some theologians estimate the trip was over 1,000 miles. Since traveling was difficult and dangerous (e.g., there were gangs of thieves that preyed on travelers during that time. On Roman record says that one gang of robbers numbered at about 600!) It is highly unlikely only three people traveled this distance alone, especially with those expensive gifts. The tradition of three kings only came from the fact three gifts were given, but it does not mean there were only three people. Most likely it would have been a large caravan of people. They most likely only traveled about 7-15 miles a day. This trip could have taken as long a 5 months!
In Matthew 2:2-3, it says that not only was King Herod was troubled when the Magi came to inquire where in Israel the Messiah would be born, but the entire city was also. It concerned Herod since he was King and he knew of the Jewish prophecy that a King of the Jews would be coming. He was concerned about his reign as King. The rest of the city, mostly made up of Jews, were troubled since they did not hear that the Messiah was born and they wanted to get ready to overthrow the Roman rule. It may be that the whole city knew since it was a large group of people were traveling, which would have drawn much attention. How many, we do not know, but it certainly was much larger group than three people.
How Old Was Jesus When the Magi Came?
Matthew 2:11 tells us two very interesting things. First, the Magi did not come to the Manager, but to the house where they were staying. Second, they did not see a “baby” but a “young child.”
JGV Mt 2:11
|And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.|
Since traveling was so difficult during that time and Joseph and Mary had a new born, it appears they decided to stay in Bethlehem for a while, for roughly 18 months. It mentions the difficulty of traveling with a young baby in the JGV (Jesus Gospel Version) Chapter 18, Luke 21:21-23, Mark 13:14-18, Matthew 24:15-20.
|The Abomination of Desolation|
JGV Lk 21:21
|But when ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, in the holy place, (let him that readeth understand). Then let them that are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.|
|“And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: And neither let him that is in the field turn back again to take his clothes.|
|The Days of Vengeance and the Great Tribulation|
|“For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter…|
Herod had all children “Two years old” and under killed in Bethlehem. This is another indication Jesus could have been a toddler (under two years old) by the time the Wise Men visited Him.
It should not bother us when we see Christmas decorations with only three Magi worshiping Jesus and giving Him gifts in the manger. The Bible always affords us the opportunity to show others the accuracy of the Word, but this should only be done in humbleness. It is by showing people these simple things, that we may have the opportunity to witness the greater truths of the Bible and win people to Christ.
Jesus Was the First Home Alone Child – Many of us know the Christmas movie that tells of an extended family going overseas for the holiday and, quite by accident, leaving their child Home Alone. The parents assume their child is with one of their relatives, and the relatives believe the child is with their parents. This all leads to the funny story of a young Kevin, played by Macaulay Culkin, left home alone for exactly three days and three nights (Tuesday morning to Friday morning). During the time being left “Home Alone” he “schools” and confounds two robbers trying to break into his parent’s house. Until recently I did know there was actually 4 total sequels to the original, (Yes there was 5 “Home Alone” movies made, but only the first two with the original cast).
I am sure you see the parallels between the Christmas movie “Home Alone” and the story of young Jesus being left behind for three days. You see Jesus was the first Home Alone Child.
Here are Some Similarities Between Jesus and Kevin:
- They were both young boys
- Their parents were traveling with their extended families during a Holiday
- They were both left behind since the adults assumed they were with other family members
- They were both left alone for three-days and three-nights
- They both surprised other adults they came in contact with during their time alone
But this is where the similarities end. This section of the Gospels is the last mention of Jesus’ Stepfather, Joseph. We can only assume that some time between Jesus’ at 12 years old and when he started His ministry at 30-years old, Joseph died. Jesus being “lost” in His Father’s house (the Temple) was also a foreshadowing of His future death where he would be buried and dead (lost in the grave)) for the same amount of time before His resurrection. Jesus also compares His being lost in the grave for three days and three nights with Jonah, who was in the belly of a great fish for the same amount of time (And this brings up an interesting question, if Jesus was indeed dead at this time, doesn’t that mean that Jonah as also dead in the great fish?)
Jesus astonished the Jewish leaders with His questions, His understanding, and His answers. One cannot help but wonder, were any of these leaders still alive when Jesus was tried and crucified? The Bible is silent on this, but it is clear that Jesus was left alone in the grave so that we do not have to see eternal death, but enjoy eternal life with Him.
Jesus Was the First Home Alone Child
Yes, it is true, Jesus Was the First Home Alone Child and during the Christmas season, we celebrate His birth. We need not, however, elevate this above what he accomplished with His life, or what we can accomplish with Christ In US! Then we all can be “Home Alone” with Jesus 🙂 .
How Many Cities Believed In Jesus?
Many remember the times that Jesus taught multitudes of people. It is recorded once he spoke to 4,000 and another time 5,000 people. But during Jesus’ time, the practice was to only count the men in the crowd. It was quicker that way, and since most people were married, and older parents lived with their children, it was easy to accurate estimate the size of the crowd. For example, let say each married couple had on average 3 children (A low estimate for the time) and one parent living with them. That would mean that for every male at one of these events, there would have been 4 additional people, or 5 in total. That would translate to 20,000 people when Jesus spoke to the 5,000; and 15,000 people when he spoke to the 4,000. Some people think with these numbers that Jesus must have won over a number of villages, towns, or cities during His time on earth. The answer, however, is surprising.
How many times did many people within a city believe in Jesus during His time on earth? The asnwer is only one, and it was a Samaritan, not a Jewish city. It was the city, early in Jesus ministry when he met the woman at Jacob’s Well.
See The Jesus Gospel©
Q&A Topic 47
|Jn 4:39-40||And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified,
“ ‘He told me all that ever I did.’ ”
So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
|Jn 4:41-42||And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman,
“Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”
 This is only time it is mentioned many people in a city believed in Jesus. The city, Sychar, was a city of Samaria and was not a Jewish city.